T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) provided mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering to establish the FlourGarden, a unique, 300-foot long sustainable, native-planted garden, water, and fountain works in downtown Rochester, New York. The project is the first phase of the larger GardenAerial project, which will deliver a sustainable greenway revolving around the city’s High Falls Gorge.
The FlourGarden reinvents a deserted interpretive raceway to highlight the historical significance of 19th-century mill races. The newly created ecological gardenscape pays tribute to the geography and history of High Falls by dividing the raceway into the six key sections of the area: the Gorge, Lower Race, Middle Race, the Promontory, Millstone Falls, and the Falls. Within each area, a textured garden of trees, shrubs, flowering plants, and ground cover has been created.
- The FlourGarden showcases a variety of lighting options, including glass bead joints with the raceway component and a fiber optic reed sculpture known as “The Rushes.”
- A truly interactive space, the seven fountains and waterworks of the FlourGarden are completely programmable and “react” to movements and the presence of visitors.